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Blotter: Donald Trump sign torn, security system vandalized

A Mattituck man called police last Thursday afternoon to report his Donald Trump campaign sign had been torn on Sound Avenue sometime before 3:10 p.m.

Police categorized the incident as “criminal mischief.”

• Someone cut the wires of a security camera system at a single-family home in Mattituck Saturday, according to a police report. The owner of the home told police about 10:20 a.m. that morning that the wires had been cut.

• An observant neighbor helped thwart a burglary at a house in Greenport early Sunday, according to Southold Town police.

The neighbor on Front Street called 911 about 1:38 a.m. after he heard the sound of glass breaking and spotted a man with a flashlight trying to get into a house on First Street, according to a police report.

Police arrived at the scene four minutes later but found the suspect had already fled without getting into the home. A police K-9 unit tried to track the suspect but were unable to find him. A town detective was notified of the incident, police said.

• A Greenport man told police his vehicle’s tires were slashed last week — again.

Last month, the man said all four tires on his BMW were slashed, racking up $1,400 worth of damage. And last Wednesday, the victim again contacted police to report the vandal had returned.

The victim said he saw another man he knew standing near his vehicle, but didn’t see him damage the tires. When the man saw the victim, he “ran away,” according to the victim’s story.

Police spoke to the man, who claimed he was nowhere near the car. Officers “advised the man to stay away from [the victim’s] vehicle,” according to a police report.

• Tailgates and front grills of six Ford pickup trucks were stolen last Sunday from a Southold auto dealer, according to a police report.

An employee at Lucas Ford on Hortons Lane said the parts had been taken off new vehicles, including five Ford F250s and one Ford F350, according to the report. An investigation by town police detectives is still pending, police said.

• An employee at a Southold shop told police last week that money was missing from his business, according to a police report.

The stolen money — the total of which wasn’t released by police — was taken from Ye Olde Party Shoppe sometime before the report was filed last Monday morning. No arrests related to the incident were reported.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.